Archive: by Dorothy Robinson, OSB

Retreat Time ...by Sr. Dorothy

Each year, usually in June, our community takes a retreat together. We don’t go anywhere—we just stay here at the monastery. But retreat time is different from ordinary time. This year we are having eight days of silence, which most of us look forward to. We eat in silence and spend our days, each of us, alone in silence.

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A Cat in the Monastery

A few years ago now, a lovely little cat appeared at our back door. She was thin but beautiful. We knew she was a tabby, but I had never heard of a brown mackerel tabby. Was this a fish cat or a cat fish (but not really a catfish)? With light-filled emerald eyes, she looked up at us from the bush she was hiding in and said “Feed me. ” We began to feed her.

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Getting Fired Up ....by Sr. Monika

Sunday, May 19 is Pentecost in the Christian tradition. It is a solemnity marking the day the believers, who were shivering in fear, received the Holy Spirit. On that day the Spirit descended upon the believers as tongues of fire, and did they ever get fired up!--even to the point of praising God in various languages that everyone understood. Howard Thurman said, “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask instead, ‘What makes you come alive?’ and go DO THAT.

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Don't Give Up ....by Sr. Dorothy

In early May, a group of eight Tibetan monks stayed for several days at The Priory Spirituality Center. They had dinner with our St. Placid Sisters on Sunday evening, and though most of them had minimal English, there was plenty of good will and a bit of conversation.   Tibetan monks enjoy a meal with St.

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What Is Love? How Do We Do It? ....by Sr. Dorothy

“I did not understand that love is primarily a language of presence. And that the nature of any form of love is revealed in its acts more than in its words. ” --Michael D. O’Brien, quoted in On the Edge of Eternity, A Biography of Michael D. O’Brien by Clemens Cavallin.

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Where is the Kingdom? ....by Sr. Dorothy

Our community has had Associate members for many years. One of them has a sister who is a member of Madonna House in Canada. Madonna House was founded by Catherine de Hueck Doherty, whose writings we have used sometimes as readings in our chapel. Catherine was an inspired and inspiring woman, and her faith, work and heritage live on at Madonna House and in its members.

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Changing of the Guard

On the day I changed places with Sister Monika and became subprioress, at dinner time she made me an official present: the telephone she had used in her bedroom to receive night time emergency calls. Well, I was thrilled. The phone and I had a running battle for years—until at last that thorn was removed from my side by a kindly prioress. Amazing how many people called us when they thought they were calling St.

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Seeing Clearly ....by Sr. Dorothy

From the I Ching… It is only when we have the courage to face things exactly as they are, without any self-deception or illusion, that a light will develop out of events by which the path to success may be recognized.   This could also perhaps be described as the path to knowing ourselves. Not an easy path.

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Stories We Tell Ourselves ....by Sr. Dorothy

I don't know who wrote this story and don't recall where I found it. If you happen to know its author, please get in touch and I will give credit.   The Queen's Choice Once upon a time, in a kingdom that probably never really existed, a woman was caught stealing some coins from a local merchant in the market.

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The Week From... by Sr. Dorothy

Have you ever had a day - week - month or maybe even year when things might have been "going right" but you simply couldn't see it, or maybe interpret it that way? A time of chaos, full of unexpected events, and perhaps you felt at cross-purposes with everything around you? I suspect chaos happens to everyone, to every family. even to groups. . . sometimes to whole countries. Hard to believe, but it happens in monasteries too. St.

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